TURTON, Edmund (1796-1857), of Brasted Park, Kent.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
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1818 - 1820

Family and Education

b. 27 Apr. 1796, 3rd s. of Rev. (Matthew) William Peters of Brasted Park, chaplain to the Prince Regent, by Margaret, da. and coh. of Rev. John Knowsley of Burton Agnes, Yorks. educ. Sidney Sussex, Camb. 1811; Christ Church, Oxf. 1814. m. 23 Apr. 1822, Marianne, da. and h. of Robert Bell Livesey of Kildale, Yorks., 2s. 1da. suc. gt.-aunt Mary, wid. of John Turton, MD, 1810 and took name of Turton by royal lic. 26 May 1817.1

Offices Held

Capt. N. Riding militia 1821.


The son of a talented artist turned clergyman, Turton came into considerable property in Yorkshire and Lancashire in 1817. At the general election in the following year he successfully contested Hedon ‘on independent principles unconnected with any party’. By keeping ‘open house’, he outbid the corporation candidates and assisted the return of Robert Farrand as his colleague.2

In Parliament he gave a silent support to government voting with them on Wyndham Quin*, 29 Mar., and against Tierney’s censure motion, 18 May, and in the minority only on the motion to repeal the coal duties, 20 May 1819. He did not stand for re-election in 1820, doubtless because of the expense involved at Hedon. He died at Koblenz, 12 Nov. 1857.3

Ref Volumes: 1790-1820

Author: Winifred Stokes


  • 1. DNB (Peters, Matthew William); PCC 106 Collingwood.
  • 2. Hull Advertiser, 23 May 1818; M. T. Craven, New Hist. Hedon, 162.
  • 3. Gent. Mag. (1857), i. 502.